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Camellias’ vase – Proddy and Fine Cut



Pattern: Rose Pyramid panel #189

From Harry M. Fraser Co.

Size 26”x 42”


I adapted this pattern choosing the camellia as a type of flower. For this project I combined proddy and fine shading techniques. I developed the camellias applying the Prodded (proddy) technique and the guide lines from Gene Shepherd’s book: “Prodded Hooking for Three-Dimensional Effect” but I shaped the camellia petals having a real camellia flower as a model. Camellia usually comes in red, pink and white colors but to make sure that each flower will show up in a distinctive way, I added some others in lemon green and orangey pink to the red flowers.

The leaves were incorporated as embellishments. I got them in a craft store and they are made of a material similar to silk.

The vase was hooked with the fine shading technique in cut # 3 with a black swatch from Connie Charleson #180. This swatch comes with two swatches of three values each: they are #180A and #180 B. Each one adds lighter and darker values to the main swatch.

For the surface where the vase stands I used a dip dye from Alaina Trout’s stock in an orangey red color, 14” wide by 30” long, hooked in a horizontal way, trying to keep the darkest value close to the vase.  The length of the dip dye wool worked in a horizontal way wasn’t enough long to cover the width of the design. Consequently I continued the horizontal line meeting the lightest section of the strip already hooked with the lightest section of the new strip until the bamboo canes border was reached. Hooking in this way I got a lighter section at each side of the vase.

The background was hooked in cut # 4 in a wavy way creating a marble look. The wool is a spotted dye formula which produces different shades of grays and silver greens over natural wool.

The design is framed with a border of bamboo canes which I designed myself. They were hooked using the fine shading and fingering technique in cut #3 with a bronze green Dorr swatch which is unfortunately discontinued.

I finished the edge with the herring bone stitch using a hand dye yarn (one skin of 100% pure wool) in a color which matches the darkest value of the Dorr swatch.

Finally, I decided to present this project as a wall hanging piece.


Background formula:

The formula belongs to Alaina Trout and she calls it “Green Fog” (

The formula is as follows:

Using PRO WashedFast Acid Dyes:

Over 3/4 to 1 yard of natural wool

In 2 cups of boiling water for each dye mix separately:  1 1/28 Leaf Green # 728, 1/128 Black #672 and 1/128 Brown #503. Apply the spot dye method over the wool separately. This formula is sufficient over 1 yard of natural wool. Then bake it in oven at 300 degrees for up to 45 minutes in a covered pan.

Proddy Pillow – Prodded & Wide Cut Hooking

Pattern: Primitive Rose #440, from Harry M. Fraser Co., Size 15”x15”

I adapted this primitive pattern in a bouquet of three different flowers. I used the Prodded technique and the guide lines from Gene Shepherd’s book: “Prodded Hooking for Three-Dimensional Effect”.

The pale pink “tea rose” and the silver grey “dahlia” are basically identical from the ones showed in Gene Shepherd’s book, but my third flower is a combination of the petals of a “peony” and hooked as an “old-fashioned wild rose”.
I didn’t want to apply the rug hooking technique for the leaves, so I decided to work with two different shades of lemon green wool, cutting three sets of two pairs of leafs, each leaf approximately 2.5” long, following the same technique applied to cut the flower’s petals (in pairs).
The edge of the leaves have a zigzag effect because, instead of using a regular scissors, I used a “7.5” pinking shears scissors.
To give a firm shape to each leaf, I glued a piece of “cloth stem wire” gauge 22   on the back of the leaf, in the center, from top to bottom. Then I molded the wire of each leaf giving each one a different curly appearance.